Your Adventure in Ministry : Receding or Re-Seeding?

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Stanley Hagemeyer

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I have a confession to make. I never intended to be a minister. Sometimes I am tempted to think the good Lord pulled a decades-long trick on me. I entered Western Seminary primarily to get my own spiritual questions answered. My concerns were well-addressed, but I also experienced a sense of call, even though I did not want it. After graduation from Western I escaped to Calcutta for graduate school. That was about as far away as I could get from anything resembling pastoral ministry. When I finally accepted God's call to a congregation, I spent several years trying to prove to myself that I could fulfill the role of pastor. I learned much from God's people there who without a divinity degree possessed a good deal of saintly wisdom.

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Clergy -- Post-ordination training; Theology -- Study and teaching (Continuing education); Religious education; Church work; Pastoral theology; Learning and scholarship
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